National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS)

The National Mathematics Summer School is a two-week summer school for approximately 75 gifted mathematics students from around Australia. The program is run by the Australian National University (ANU) and the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT).

Who For? Year 11 students (who will complete the camp at the start of Year 12)

When? 10 - 23 January 2021

Where? Virtual (usually Australian National University, Canberra)

Cost? Adjusted due to virtual format of NMSS 2021 (usually approx. $1300 and students requiring financial assistance may request a bursary of up to $500 from MAT)

Applications closed on 27th July 2020 and the following Tasmanian students have successfully obtained a place at NMSS 2021:

Gypsy Polacheck – St. Michael’s Collegiate School
William Baird – The Friends’ School
Thomas Butler – Don College
Sif Svensgaard – Don College


Feedback from Tasmanian NMSS 2021 and 2020 students has been overwhelmingly positive.


Will Baird from The Friend's School writes:

NeMeSiS (NMSS) was a fantastic opportunity, hands down the single best experience I've had in my schooling so far. The mathematics that you are introduced to is fascinating and completely unlike anything you will ever see in any mathematics classes at school. There's a lot of emphasis on the 'productive struggle' (as it was put to us) of mathematics, the tutors won't solve the problems for you, and the answers aren't in the back of the book. It forces you to come to some really interesting conclusions about maths by yourself, which was very rewarding. Even in the online setting, the social aspect was fantastic, you'll meet some of the most wonderful & talented people at NeMeSiS and I've made some very close friends through it that I'm still in contact with. If you're anything like me and have a love for puzzles, mathematics or problem solving, I cannot recommend NeMeSiS highly enough.

Sif Svensdgaard from Don College writes:

The social aspect played such a big part of it as well. There were 75+ people there from all states, all with similar interest within mathematics, which was a whole experience in itself. Many of which I still keep in contact with. Through my experiences at NMSS, it helped me to realise which area of maths I wanted to proceed further within in the future. So if you have even the slightest love for maths, puzzles or being mentally challenged, I cannot recommend NMSS enough.

Georgia Cleaver from Don College writes:

I’ve always felt like I didn’t fit in with a lot of people in my community, so becoming friends with people who understand me from all over Australia has been really rewarding. NMSS really put things into perspective for me, making me more excited for university and the future. I can’t thank the Mathematical Association of Tasmania enough for helping me experience this amazing opportunity.


Download the full report for NMSS 2020 here (thanks to Kathy Bunton): 

NMSS 2020 Flyer:

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Student (Self) Nomination Form:

School Nomination Form:

Please note that the Information form must be read and understood by the student/s applying for the National Mathematics Summer School and that both nomination forms must be completed and received by Mrs. Kathy Bunton ( no later than 3pm on Monday 27th July 2020 for an application to be considered complete.

For further information, please contact Mrs. Kathy Bunton ( or see the NMSS website.